They say that birds of a feather flock together, and that’s certainly the case at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Located outside near the entrance to the Pepper Market restaurant, a topiary representation of Panchito from Disney’s 1944 feature, “The Three Caballeros,” stands close together with his fellow caballeros: Jose Carioca and Donald Duck. While all three of them appear to be having a good time, the Mexican rooster must feel especially at home at the resort, which features sights, sounds, and flavors inspired by the cultures of Mexico and the American Southwest.
“The Three Caballeros” was the second animated feature to come out of Walt Disney’s 1941 goodwill tour of Latin America on behalf of the U.S. government’s Good Neighbor Policy. More elaborate than 1943’s “Saludos Amigos,” the film included several scenes that combined animation with live action performers, sometimes with surreal results. Another aspect that set “The Three Caballeros” apart from its predecessor was that it spent a good portion of the film focused on Mexico while “Saludos Amigos” focused entirely on South America. As a result, the film introduced a new Mexican character, Panchito, to act as guide to Donald and Jose on a magical tour of his homeland.
These topiaries aren’t the only place at Coronado Springs to spot The Three Caballeros, though. Not far away, even more references to them and other characters from their film can be found in the its gift shop, appropriately named “Panchito’s Gifts and Sundries.” So, if your visiting the resort, be sure to stop by and say “hola” to these fine feathered friends.